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A minor explosion in a glass vial at the University of
Colorado at Boulder's Engineering Center at approximately 2:45 p.m.
today caused the evacuation of the south side of the building that
houses the chemical engineering department. One minor injury was
The explosion occurred during an experiment being
conducted by a chemical engineering graduate student. The student
sustained a minor cut on the chin from the exploding glass vial and was
treated and released at Wardenburg Health Center on the CU-Boulder
The student was managing a chemical reaction between
three chemicals: tripropargylamine, tetraethylene glycol diazide, and
copper (II) disoprophyl salicylate.
No other students were in
the room at the time of the explosion and there was no structural damage
to the laboratory.
The Boulder Fire Department and CU Police responded to
the scene. Hazmat crews conducted a walk-through of the area to make
sure there was no further danger.
As of 4:50 p.m., all of the
building had reopened except for the corridor where the lab is
fire broke out in a chemical factory located in Sudershanpura industrial
area here today.
Around 10 to15 fire tenders rushed to the spot to
douse the fire and the managed to control it.
chemical and paint factory. Fire broke out in this factory and 10 to 15
fire brigades are trying to douse the fire. More fire brigades have been
called," said Loknath Soni, the Additional District Magistrate of
The reason of the fire has not yet been ascertained
but the locals said it could have happened due to a short
Firefighters evacuated 20
employees from a Mira Loma business Monday after someone brought a
container of hazardous chemicals to a fire station.
Cal Fire officials said a small container of calcium
carbide was dropped off at Station 17 in the 10400 block of San Sevaine
Way in Mira Loma at 4:49 p.m.
The substance can be used to make acetylene gas and is
flammable when it comes in contact with water, Cal Fire officials
Firefighters evacuated a neighboring business as a
precaution. The workers were near the end of their work day and were
Hazardous materials personnel removed the container
from the fire station.
A man has been rushed to
hospital with life-threatening injuries after a chemical spill and fire
this morning at a south Mississauga industrial
The man, who was working
inside Armstrong Manufacturing, at 2485 Haines Rd., near Cawthra Rd.,
was taken to Trillium Health Centre at about 11:30 a.m. after suffering
second-degree burns to 80 per cent of his body, according to Mississauga
Peel Regional Police
evacuated the company, which makes cleaning products.
Mississauga Fire and
Emergency Services' Hazardous Materials Unit is on the
The worker was apparently
separating mixtures when the spill and subsequent fire occurred,
according to reports. The product that caused the damage was
insecticidal soap concentrate, according to
were raiding what would turn out to be one of the largest
methamphetamine labs in the nation just a few houses down from Campbell,
in an otherwise quiet crook of Newbury Road. Local and federal law
enforcement officers carted away 984 pounds of methamphetamine worth an
estimated $44 million. The slate gray two-story house in question had
been unoccupied since 2008 and no one had been seen coming or going in
months, Campbell said.
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-- The discovery of "suspicious-looking" chemicals in a basement storage
area, prompted the evacuation of the Cherry Arms apartments for more
than seven hours Tuesday and fueled reports the findings may be linked
to the brother of a teen boy whose Delmar house exploded
Last December, Keenan Sanchez, then 15, was badly
burned when his 151 Adams Place home in Delmar exploded. Police later
said he may have been handling chemicals in the
Residency records show that his older brother, Jason,
24, lives in the apartment complex
Police, who remained on the scene after 10 p.m., were
saying little about the situation or what type of chemicals were removed
from the apartment storage area.
also were unconfirmed reports that a young man was seen being led away
from the complex by police.
Dozens of firefighters and
emergency personnel rushed to the complex off Delaware Avenue about 2
p.m. and told residents they had to leave their
A county hazardous materials team evacuated the
apartment complex and two neighboring buildings. A resident at the
complex at the corner of Delaware and Cherry avenues spotted the
chemicals in a common shelf-type storage unit and reported the find to
authorities, Deputy Police Chief Timothy
Va. (WAVY) - Four people were arrested in connection with the discovery
of suspected bottle bombs in the backyard of an apartment complex in the
1500 block of 42nd Street near Old Dominion University in
Leah Holloway, an ODU student living next door to the
apartment complex where the four suspects live said she was the one who
"They were mixing bleach, Drano, and gasoline and
trying to light it on fire. They were mixing chemicals for two hours.
They actually left and came back to get more chemicals because the first
set of chemicals did not work," Holloway said.
officials arrived on scene just after 4 p.m. to find what they said
appeared to be bottle bombs in the back of the apartment
The apartment building and a house next door were
evacuated and part of Powhatan Avenue was blocked.
squad brought in a robot which fired shots at the bottles to render them
safe and then investigators began examining the evidence to determine
exactly what types of chemicals were used.
CLEARLAKE -- A Clearlake man required aerial transport
to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital after inhaling a deadly combination of
toxins on Wednesday.
According to Lake County Fire Protection District
Battalion Chief Willie Sapeta, medical response was requested around
8:40 p.m. Wednesday on Konocti View Road. Medics arrived to find the
victim suffering of extreme shortness of breath, which they soon
determined to be caused by hazardous materials released inside the
residence. Sapeta said the situation was caused by a combination of
Drano and sulfuric acid.
"People should not combine chemicals," Sapeta said.
"Unknown chemicals mixed together can be fatal."
HATFIELD =97 A woman working at Laboratory Testing
Inc. was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment of chemical
burns she suffered in a workplace accident Monday
The accident occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m.,
according to township Fire Marshal Mikele Waldron.
was working with nitric acid and had some type of boil over in the
container she was working in, and it splashed her on the head,=94 said
=93She did have safety glasses on when it happened,
and that probably saved her a lot more pain and agony,=94 he said,
adding that she remained conscious, alert and oriented the entire
The accident took place while the woman was working
alone in a room at the company=92s headquarters, located on Topaz Drive
off Sandstone Lane.
Byrne Creek streamkeepers are, but again, counting
dead fish after another chemical spill in the creek. This time, it
appears to be linked to a fire upstream.
Streamkeeper Paul Cipywnyk got a call from fellow volunteers
around 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28, reporting foam in the creek in a
ravine near Southridge Drive. Cipywnyk went further upstream only to
find a pond with lots of foam and roughly a dozen dead trout and
They looked around the neighbourhood and saw a fire
truck near Kingsway and 16th Avenue, where there had been a house
"We asked the firefighters if they'd used foam, and
they said yes, a full load from one of their trucks. The drainage flow
from the site of the fire into storm drains was evident," Cipywnyk
"Streamkeepers are certainly not going to question
firefighters for doing an outstanding job in ensuring the safety of the
community. It's just unfortunate if this is confirmed as the source of
SHAWANO, Wis. (WFRV) --
Shawano Police have uncovered what they believe to be the first meth lab
in the county.
The lab was discovered during a fire call to an
apartment on South Main St. in downtown Shawano, about a block away from
the police station.
The call came in just after midnight Sunday morning
from a bar across the street from the meth lab. When fire crews got to
the apartment they did not find anyone there, but quickly recognized
many toxic materials lying around.
people were poisoned in a chemical spill after a tanker carrying a toxic
chemical and two trucks smashed into each other Sunday noon in east
China's Zhejiang Province, local fire authorities said
A tanker carrying 30 tonnes of isopropylamine was
involved in a crash with two trucks Sunday noon in the countryside of
Quzhou City, which resulted in the chemical leaking out, vaporizing, and
slightly poisoning three workers at a nearby factory, said Hu Xiaofan
with the city's fire brigade.
The workers were rushed to hospital, along with the
two truck drivers who sustained physical injures in the crash, Xu
Firefighters evacuated the factory and the hole in the
tanker was blocked about two hours later. The chemical leak did not have
a major affect on the environment, Xu said.
flammable and toxic isopropylamine is mainly used to produce
person died and two others sustained injuries when a fire broke out at a
factory in Vatva GIDC on Monday. Officials said the fire broke out
around 12.25pm at Honest Bio Vet Pvt Ltd on the Jashodanagar
The factory manufactures medicines and pharmaceutical
products. The deceased has been identified as Babu Rathod (45). Ashok
Rathod and Babuji Rathod sustained injuries during a chemical spill,
said fire officials. Factory owner Gulam Abdul has reported a loss of Rs
In another incident of fire, two persons sustained
injuries when a boiler at Montek Industries, a chemical factory in
Naroda, started leaking. Jitendra and Bansi suffered burns on their head
and hands, said fire officials.
responded Saturday to Cushing Memorial Hospital for a smoke odor that
turned out to be the result of a chemical reaction, a Fire Department
No injuries were reported. The incident was reported
at 4:35 p.m. Saturday at the hospital, 711 Marshall St.
chemical reaction was caused in a laundry room by a leaking bleach
solution coming into contact with plywood, according to Assistant Fire
Chief Mark Nietzke.
=93It charred the wood and the wood started burning,=94
Nietzke said he doesn=92t know if the chemical
reaction produced any flames.
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